To the editor:
Please allow me to voice my opinion concerning the accusations and statements made against Mingo County teacher, friend and respected colleague, Mrs. Tina Grace.
I have worked with Mrs. Grace for over 12 years. I don’t for one minute believe she is guilty of any of the recent accusations against her. Her love and concern for her students was always evident to me on a daily basis. I have been able to witness firsthand many of the successes of her students. I have been able to witness firsthand many of the successes of her students. Mrs. Grace is one of the most outstanding special education teachers in Mingo County and it is unfortunate that her students were robbed of the opportunity of her expertise this year.
Secondly, let me just say as a teacher at Riverside Elementary, I am appalled at the statements Prosecuting Attorney Michael Sparks made to the Williamson Daily News.
To insinuate that we at Riverside have stood by and “turned a blind eye” and have not “protected children from abuse” is very offensive to me as an educator.
I will not even comment on his ludicrous remarks comparing this to “Penn State.”
I feel Mr. Sparks’ statements have tainted the reputation of our school. I boldly say I have never witnessed any abuse at Riverside Elementary and trust the parents of our students will not lose confidence in our school as a result of such statements.
Mr. Sparks should not be allowed to use Riverside Elementary as a political venue — the election is over!
Thank you for allowing me to express my opinion.
May God bless!
Physical Education Teacher, Riverside Elementary